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Jann Pasler. 2009. Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Seto, Mark

Seto's review claims that this is an important book, "destined to be debated and referenced for years to come. The issues it raises have never been more timely. One sees echoes of Third Republic ideals, for instance, in Gustavo Dudamel's newly begun tenure at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Observers hope he will revolutionize music education, build community across lines of class and race, and make music accessible to all". He reviews the historical context and narrative or Pasler's work.



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